Early Childhood Education (Part–Time)

Are you ready to join the early years workforce as a trained professional in Early Childhood?

"Knowledgeable and responsive early childhood practitioners are essential to early childhood settings" (Early Learning Framework, ELECT 2006)

The Early Childhood Education Act ( 2007) requires membership in the College of ECE for anyone wishing to use the title of Early Childhood Educator in the province.

Program Description

Earn an Early Childhood Diploma on a part time basis by taking one to three courses per semester in the evenings.

This program enables students to gain skills and knowledge through the combination of classroom theory and field practice, providing theoretical and practical training with infant, toddler, preschool and school-aged children. The program trains students to work with children aged six weeks to 12 years, in a variety of early childhood education settings.

The part-time program leading to the Early Childhood Education Diploma is offered to men and women who are unable to attend a full-time course of studies, and who wish to complete the diploma through part-time studies. Field placements are completed in six-week blocks. Graduates of this program will meet the requirements of an E.C.E. Diploma in Ontario.

Early Childhood Education diploma prepares students for an exciting, rewarding career working with young children. When students graduate from the program they will be capable of responding to the changing needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children in a variety of early childhood settings including child care programs, schools, family resource programs, home child care, hospital playrooms, agencies for exceptional children and before and after school programs (FDK). The Early Childhood Education program balances academic courses and field placement. Students are trained in the theory and practice of working with young children. Graduates will have the skills to meet the responsibilities of a career in early childhood education.

This program enables students to gain skills and knowledge through classroom theory and field practice:

  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with children
  • Assess the needs and interest of children
  • Develop and evaluate curriculum
  • Work in partnership with families and community
  • Create safe, stimulating and culturally sensitive environments for children in their care
  • Work as effective team members in child care settings, full day kindergarten and school based programs

Students can take from one to three courses per semester and will complete this program in three to five years. Courses are offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and the three field –placement are six-weeks each and taken on a full-time basis (hours vary from 8:30-6pm, 5 days a week).

How to Qualify and Apply

An admissions interview is required. Details of registration is given to those accepted into the program.
The program has intakes in September, January and April.

Students must attend an orientation session.

Contact Us

Please call 416 415-5000 x2310 or email ece@georgebrown.ca to sign up for an orientation session.